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Hydroponic Farm Started by Detroit’s Cass Community Social Services and Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. Fund

Cass Community Social Services, a Detroit nonprofit offering food, housing, health services, and job training, and Ford Motor Co. Fund in Dearborn, Ford’s philanthropic arm, has unveiled the second piece of its Ford Mobile Farm project collaboration – the Ford Freight Farm, a 40-foot shipping container that grows food hydroponically.

Ann Arbor’s U-M, East Lansing’s MSU, State Department of Ed to Collaborate on Education Research

Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan, East Lansing’s Michigan State University, and the Michigan Department of Education and the Center for Educational Performance and Information Tuesday announced a research collaboration based at a new data center at U-M.

Lincoln Unveils Aero-Inspired Aviator SUV at Los Angeles Auto Show

Lincoln Motor Co. yesterday unveiled its latest midsize premium SUV, Aviator, and its hybrid hangar mate, Aviator Grand Touring, at the Los Angeles Auto Show.

Serra Donovan Law of Rochester Merges with Birmingham’s Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein

Rochester’s Serra Donovan Law Group is merging with the Birmingham law firm of Lippitt O’Keefe Gornbein, and William Donovan is joining the latter as senior counsel. Reese Serra will serve as a special advisor to the firm.

Rochester Hills’ Oakland University Announces $150M Campaign

Rochester Hills-based Oakland University has announced a $150-million fundraising campaign, the largest in the school’s history. It has raised more than $50 million in the campaign's quiet phase over the past two years.

Cadillac Introduces Aggressive-Looking Escalade Sport Edition at LA Auto Show

Cadillac is updating its segment-leading luxury SUV Escalade with a black-accented 2019 Sport Edition for which dealers can begin taking orders early next year.

Report: As Robots, Autonomous Vehicles Deliver Products, Infrastructure, Consumer Culture to Change

KPMG, a global professional service company with a Detroit office, predicts the development of autonomous delivery vehicles will drive consumer demand for more and faster deliveries and lead to a new product delivery ecosystem.

Michigan Strategic Fund Approves $1B in Tax Incentives, Includes Ford’s Upcoming R&D Mobility Campus in Corktown

The Michigan Strategic Fund today approved several major tax incentive programs, including support for Ford Motor Co.’s innovation hub in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood, along with three other automotive- and technology-related business expansions, a new commerce center in Hazel Park, and community revitalization projects including a significant improvement to downtown Battle Creek.

U-M Research Spending Reached Record-Setting $1.6B in FY 2018

Research areas ranging from mobility, opioid addiction, sustainability, and the arts were beneficiaries of a record high in research expenditures at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor during fiscal year 2018.

Canton Township’s Mans Lumber and Millwork Acquires Ypsilanti’s Washtenaw Door and Trim

Canton Township’s Mans Lumber and Millwork, which specializes in lumber, millwork, decking, kitchens, and baths, has acquired Ypsilanti’s Washtenaw Door and Trim. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Detroit-based Huron Capital's Albireo Energy Acquires Taylor Consulting and Contracting

Albireo Energy of Edison, N.J., a building automation and energy services company owned by Detroit’s Huron Capital, has acquired Taylor Consulting and Contracting, an Avoca, Penn.-based energy management firm.

Wayne State University in Detroit Joins National Effort to Increase College Access

Detroit’s Wayne State University is participating in a national effort by 130 public universities and systems to increase college access, close the achievement gap, and award hundreds of thousands of degrees by 2025. The participating institutions will work in clusters of four-12, and WSU President M. Roy Wilson will lead a cluster of 11 urban universities.

Japanese Izakaya-inspired Restaurant Antihero Opens Thursday in Ferndale

Working Class Outlaws restaurant group is adding a third restaurant to its popular Ferndale spots, Public House and Imperial. The new eatery, Antihero, takes inspiration from Japanese izakayas, or casual drinking houses, resulting in a mix between a gastropub and tapas bar.

General Motors to Close 5 Plants in U.S. and Canada, Including Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly and Warren Transmission Operations

Detroit’s General Motors today announced it will close five plants in 2019 in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, and Canada as part of a larger restructuring plan. The company expects the plan will save it $6 billion by the end of 2020.

Wayne County to Sell 511 Woodward Building to Birmingham’s Elia Group

Wayne County announced Sunday it has reached a $4.65-million tentative deal to sell the 511 Woodward Building in downtown Detroit to Birmingham’s Elia Group. The deal is pending approval by the Wayne County Commission.

Report: November Auto Sales Expected to Slip for First Time Since 2009

New car and truck sales in November will dip 1.3 percent from a year ago to 1.376 million units, forecasts Edmunds, the first drop in November sales since 2009

Detroit’s Amerisource Industrial Supply Joins Fairmont Supply’s Pennsylvania-based Family of Companies

Detroit’s Amerisource Industrial Supply has merged with the Fairmont Supply family of companies, giving both entities expanded market reach and product portfolios, and access to a wider customer base. Financial details of the move were not disclosed.

FIAT Unveils New 2019 500X for North American Market at Los Angeles Auto Show

FIAT today announced it is unveiling a new 2019 500X — with an all-new, fuel efficient turbocharged engine and new Italian design — at the Los Angeles Auto Show this week.

Researchers at Ann Arbor’s U-M Find Drug Building Block that is Safe for Livers

Researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor have discovered a drug building block that can replace those currently used in medications that can be harmful to livers.

Auburn Hills’ FCA Unveils Ram 1500 North Edition

Ram is prepping its truck line for winter with the unveiling this week of its new 2019 Ram 1500 North Edition.

New Shinola Hotel Retail Store to Open on Black Friday

Just in time for Black Friday, Shinola will open its fourth metro Detroit retail location — at the soon-to-open Shinola Hotel – at 10 a.m. Friday.

Report: Auto Industry Must Find Additional Revenue Streams to Prosper

As profit margins continue to narrow, auto manufacturers must look beyond the initial sale of the vehicle and scheduled maintenance for revenue and focus on creating personalized in-vehicle experiences through allied service partners to succeed in the future, forecasts Frost & Sullivan, a California-based business growth consultancy.

Metro Detroit Housing Permits Mark High Number for 8 Straight Months

October marked the eighth consecutive month that the number of new housing permits granted in the region was at least 450, a streak last achieved in mid-2006, according to the November housing permit report by the Home Builders Association of Southeastern Michigan.

BJ’s Wholesale Club Expands to Michigan with 2 New Stores

BJ’s Wholesale Club, a Massachusetts-based company that operates 216 clubs and 136 gas stations in 16 states, is expanding to Michigan with locations in Madison Heights and Taylor. Both are expected to open next year.

Guest Blog: Need for Skilled Workers Necessitates New Training Mindset

Michigan is hiring. Yet, at any given moment, tens of thousands of job openings remain unfilled throughout the region — in health care, information technology, advanced manufacturing, and scores of other occupations — threatening to slow down our economy. We’ve all heard about the skills gap as a root cause of this dilemma, yet when it comes to training and upskilling avenues, there needs to be greater awareness and consideration of apprenticeships as a true and viable option.

Detroit Seeks Proposals for Neighborhood Redevelopment, Affordable Housing Projects

The City of Detroit is seeking proposals for renovations to 10 existing duplexes and the building of 45 additional units of new housing on vacant land in the Islandview neighborhood, city officials said Monday. Work is expected to begin next year.

UNTUCKit Opens First Michigan Outlet at Somerset Collection in Troy

UNTUCKit, the brand of men’s shirts designed to be worn untucked, opened its first Michigan store today at the Somerset Collection in Troy. It is the company’s 45th store nationwide.

Grand Rapids’ SpartanNash to Acquire Indiana Supermarket Chain

SpartanNash Co., a Grand Rapids-based grocery distribution company, has reached an agreement to acquire Indiana’s Martin’s Super Markets, a chain of more than 20 stores across northern Indiana and southwest Michigan. Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria in Troy Reopens After $1M Renovation

Shield’s Restaurant and Pizzeria has reopened after a $1-million wide-ranging renovation to the interior and exterior. The longtime Troy restaurant has been closed since May.

Flagstar Bank Signs On as First Founding Partner of Detroit FinTech Bay Financial Technology Incubator

Detroit FinTech Bay, a local technology hub for the financial industry, today signed Flagstar Bank as its first founding partner for the North American FinTech hub.

Detroit Athletic Club Named No. 1 Athletic Club in Country

The historic Detroit Athletic Club has been named the No. 1 athletic club in the country by the national Club Leaders Forum and Advisory Board, which awarded the private social club with the Platinum Clubs of America designation.

Largest 3-D Printing Event in North America Returns to Detroit

The world’s leading additive manufacturing companies are expected to attend RAPID + TCT, one of the largest 3-D printing events in North America, when it returns to Detroit next year.

Wixom’s J & B Medical Supply Bolsters Telemedicine Business with Purchase of Sylaps Video Conferencing App

J & B Medical Supply of Wixom has acquired majority ownership of Sylaps Inc.’s free video conferencing service web app that provides video or audio calls, chat, and file sharing between individuals or groups. The investment will bolster its HNC telemedicine enterprise, which provides virtual medical care to patients globally. Terms of the agreement were not released.

DTE Energy Foundation Commits $500K to Motown Museum Expansion

Detroit’s Motown Museum officials today announced the DTE Energy Foundation has dedicated a $500,000 grant toward the museum’s expansion.

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System to Combat Social Barriers on Health Care

Detroit’s Henry Ford Health System has teamed up with Dearborn’s Ford Smart Mobility and Detroit’s Gleaners Community Food Bank to combat social barriers facing underserved patients in metro Detroit while gathering insight on the effects of these obstacles on health.

DTE Energy Predicts 7.5 Percent Customer Savings on Gas Bills this Winter

DTE Energy natural gas customers can expect to save about $44 or 7.5 percent on their gas bills now through March 2019 compared to the same period last year.

Urban Land Institute of Michigan Launches Breakfast Clubs for Women in Real Estate

The Urban Land Institute of Michigan is launching a new program called the BUILD UP Breakfast Clubs, online webcasts designed to empower and inspire women in real estate across the region.

Report: Michigan Job Growth Expected to be Highest Since WWII

Michigan’s economy has seen nine years of uninterrupted job growth from the third quarter of 2009 to the third quarter of 2018. It is on the brink of breaking the state’s longest period of job growth since the World War II era, according to University of Michigan economic forecasters in Ann Arbor.

Rock Holdings in Detroit Acquires Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com

Need a quick definition or a synonym? Look no further than Rock Holdings, which has acquired Dictionary.com and Thesaurus.com from their creator, IAC of Oakland, Calif. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Google and National Business League Announce Global Strategic Partnership to Assist African-American-Owned Enterprises

Google and the National Business League (NBL) are forming a global partnership – with a Detroit office opening Monday at Little Caesar’s Arena – to offer a vast array of business solutions and services for African-American-owned businesses.

Troy’s Rehmann Combines with Troy’s Desmon and Creighton

Troy’s Rehmann, a fully integrated financial services firm of certified public accountants and consultants, wealth advisers, and corporate investigators, Thursday announced it has entered a business combination with Troy-based Desmon and Creighton effective Dec. 1.

Report: Local Michigan Governments Show Overall Improvement Since Great Recession

The Michigan Department of Treasury today released a financial report highlighting how local units of government across the state have recovered since the Great Recession.

U-M Awarded $1.6M to Develop Windows for Solar Energy Systems

Researchers at the University of Michigan received $1.6 million from the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technologies Office to develop windows that contain solar cells and research heat retention from solar thermal energy, the school announced Thursday.

U-M Economists Project Continued U.S. Growth in 2018; Forecast Slowdown in 2019 and 2020

Although the 2018 U.S. economy is projected to expand 2.9 percent after a strong 3.5-percent growth rate in the third quarter, University of Michigan economists say the effects of federal spending and tax cut boosts will start to diminish in 2019 before fading out in 2020.

Yakima Adventure Accessories Available on 2019 Ford Ranger; Ford Teams with Walmart on Self-Driving Deliveries

As the vehicle personalization market hits $45 billion this year, according to SEMA, Ford Accessories will offer its Yakima outdoor adventure products through Ford dealerships starting with the launch of the all-new 2019 Ford Ranger midsize pickup in early 2019.

DIA and New York Gallery Partner to Present Impressionist Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

The Detroit Institute of Arts today announced it is working with the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in New York to open an Impressionist and post-Impressionist exhibition titled Humble and Human: Treasures from the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and the Detroit Institute of Arts: An Exhibition in Honor of Ralph C. Wilson Jr.

Michigan Hospitality Industry Associations Merge to Create One Powerful New Voice

Michigan’s restaurants and hotels have been working together informally to serve the state’s booming tourism business for decades. Now, they are joining forces formally to present a unified voice for the hospitality industry in the Great Lakes State.

Wayne State University Receives $1M Gift for New Global Engineering Education Center

Wayne State University alumni Nancy Philippart and Thomas McGrail have given their alma mater a gift of $1 million to create a new center for global engineering education.

Detroit Metro Airport Restrooms Get Smart with New Maintenance Technology

If you notice that the restrooms at Detroit’s Metropolitan Airport in Romulus are more-tidy this holiday travel season, credit an automated system launched today in the McNamara Terminal.

JACK Entertainment to Sell Greektown Casino-Hotel

JACK Entertainment in Detroit says it has entered into a contract to sell the Greektown Casino-Hotel in the central business district for $1 billion in cash to Pennsylvania’s Penn National Gaming and New York’s VICI Properties, pending regulatory approval. The sale is expected to be finalized in 2019.

Coalition Seeks to Remedy Michigan’s High Auto Insurance Costs, Implores State Officials to Lower Rates

The Coalition Protecting Auto No-Fault (CPAN) in Detroit has filed a motion in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan aimed at protecting Michigan drivers from excessive and discriminatory auto insurance rates.

Princeton Publication Ranks U-M’s Entrepreneurship Program No. 1 in Nation

The University of Michigan’s undergraduate entrepreneurship programs are No. 1 in the nation, according to rankings that will be published in the December issue of The Princeton Review and Entrepreneur magazine.

Detroit City Council Approves Stormwater Management Ordinance for Developers

The Detroit City Council Tuesday unanimously approved a new Post-Construction Stormwater Management Ordinance that requires the creation of stormwater management features on many future development or redevelopment projects.

Lansing’s Air Lift Co. Offers LoadLifter 5000 Series Kits for 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500

Air Lift Co., an aftermarket air suspension specialist based in Lansing, has introduced its new LoadLifter 5000 series kits for the 2019 Chevy Silverado 1500 and GMC Sierra 1500.

Lawrence Tech and City of Southfield Launch New Centrepolis Accelerator to Boost Small Manufacturers

Lawrence Technological University and the City of Southfield are partnering to launch the Centrepolis Accelerator, a facility designed to accelerate the growth of small manufacturers and hardware entrepreneurs by providing access to key resources.

Ottawa Towers Wins $7.4M Settlement from Pontiac Over Property and Parking Rights

After more than six years of litigation, the City of Pontiac and the owners of the Ottawa Towers office building in the downtown district today announced they have settled their long-running dispute over parking and other issues for $7.4 million.

Inaugural Deaf and Loud Symphonic Experience with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Set for Dec. 16

Classical music will meet hip hop, pop, and world-class percussion when Eminem publisher 8 Mile Style Music presents The Deaf and Loud Symphonic Experience, starring three renowned deaf artists performing an unprecedented concert with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra (DSO) on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 7 p.m. at Orchestra Hall in Detroit.

University of Michigan’s New “Great Lakes” Supercomputer to Enhance Research Capabilities

The University of Michigan has a new supercomputer named “Great Lakes” that will enhance the university research activities and provide scalable high-performance computing (HPC) and artificial intelligence (AI) infrastructure for thousands of users across the university.

Jackson’s Henry Ford Allegiance Health First in U.S. to use Neuromonitoring System for Spine Surgery

Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson is the first hospital in the country to use Generation 2 of the Sentio neuromonitoring system, most often used in minimally invasive spine surgery. It was originally developed by Dr. Stephen Bartol, an orthopedic spine surgeon at Henry Ford Health System.

Chevrolet Adds Two Special Editions to Colorado Midsize Pickup Line, Debuts Race Components for Colorado ZR2

Detroit-based General Motors Co.’s Chevrolet is expanding its Colorado range with two special editions: the off-road Z71 Trail Runner and the street-focused RST. The Colorado was introduced as a 2015 model.

Report: Pay for Success Model Improves Health Intervention Delivery Among Disadvantaged Populations

Projects that follow the Pay for Success model, in which funding for a program is provided by private investors who are paid back by the government if the program proves successful, help to deliver health interventions in disadvantaged populations, according to a study by researchers at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Lineage Logistics in Novi Expands to Great Britain with Acquisition of UK-based Yearsley Group

Lineage Logistics Holdings in Novi, a global leader in providing temperature-controlled supply chain solutions, today announced it has acquired Yearsley Group Limited, a large temperature-controlled logistics service provider and frozen food distributor in the UK. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak Receives $5M Gift to Launch Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center

Beaumont Health in Southfield today announced Max and Debra Ernst of Orchard Lake have increased their support to heart and vascular care to a total of $8 million, launching the new Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak. The latest gift totals $5 million.

HoMedics in Commerce Township and New York’s Bluestar Alliance Sign $165M Agreement Under Brookstone Brand

HoMedics in Commerce Township, a large manufacturer and distributor of personal health, wellness, and relaxation products, and New York’s Bluestar Alliance have announced the signing of a $165-million, five-year license agreement under the Brookstone brand. The license covers a range of massage, massage chair, home environment, and other select product categories.

Revered Cadieux Café on Detroit’s East Side Sold to Restauranteur Paul Howard and Musician John Rutherford

The owners of the Cadieux Café on Detroit’s east side today announced that they have sold the iconic bar and restaurant to Paul Howard, co-owner of Cliff Bell's in downtown Detroit, and local musician John Rutherford, effective Jan. 1, 2019. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Wayne State University Researchers Secure Nearly $1M for Microplastics Pollution Research

Researchers at Wayne State University in Detroit have been awarded a three-year $929,000 grant to develop technology designed to zero in on microplastic sources and accelerate an outreach and mitigation campaign, the school announced Friday.

5Q: Christopher T.R. Letts, president, Association for Corporate Growth, Detroit Chapter

Christopher T.R. Letts, president of the Association for Corporate Growth (ACG), Detroit chapter, is the youngest president of the middle market advocacy organization in the world. While the organization continues to offer tried-and-true educational, recognition, and networking programs, Letts also focuses on engaging traditionally underrepresented groups in the 400-plus-member organization.

Google Opens Office at Little Caesars Arena, Pumps $1M of Grants into Local Nonprofits

Google Thursday announced it has opened its new office at Little Caesars Arena in The District Detroit. Located at 52 E. Henry St., the office offers nearly 30,000 square feet of space.

Southfield’s AmeriTrust Group’s Meadowbrook Insurance Agency Acquires Florida Insurance Agency

AmeriTrust Group Inc. in Southfield Thursday announced its retail agency subsidiary, Meadowbrook Insurance Agency, has acquired Florida’s Carol P. Rummel Insurance Agency, effective Oct. 29. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Wayne State Research Team Awarded $3 Million Grant to Research “Smart” Insulin T1D Treatment

A Wayne State University research team in Detroit has been awarded a $3-million grant from the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) to develop an implantable delivery system of “smart” insulin for sufferers of Type 1 Diabetes (T1D).

Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak First in State to Offer Minimally Invasive Pediatric Epilepsy Surgery Program

On Thursday, Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak announced it was the first in Michigan to establish a Pediatric Stereo-Electroencephalography (SEEG) Epilepsy Surgery Program.

First Michigan Industry Growth Summit Slated for Nov.13 at Detroit Athletic Club

Livonia-based MedCerts, a provider of online certification training for various industries, is partnering with the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics to host the 2018 Industry Growth Summit for workforce teams in Michigan.

Bloomfield Hills-Based Sterilogy and Grand Valley Students Develop System to Help Reduce Hospital Infections

Keeping hands clean and sanitized in hospitals and other medical facilities can be a challenging and inconvenient problem, with caregivers having to go to a sink or sanitizer station between each patient.

Ford X Acquires Electric Scooter Company Spin, Launches Service in Detroit

Ford Motor Co. in Dearborn today announced it has acquired Spin, a dockless electric scooter sharing company based in San Francisco. Spin is a micro-mobility service provider with operations in 13 cities and campuses across the U.S. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Farmington Hills’ Plum Market to Open Street Concept Store in Downtown Detroit

Plum Market, a food and beverage company based in Farmington Hills, will open a street concept store inside Bedrock’s Ally Detroit Center at 500 Woodward Ave. in summer 2019, the companies announced today.

Troy’s Continental Acquires Ferndale’s United Vending and Market Services

Troy-based Continental, Michigan’s largest food management company, today announced it has acquired Ferndale’s United Vending and Market Services. The United team will join the Continental team. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

MMS Holdings in Canton Township Assists Non-Opioid Pain Killer Get FDA Fast Track Designation

MMS Holdings Inc. (MMS) in Canton Township today reported that it has successfully assisted Korea-based Vivozon Inc. in achieving a Fast Track Designation from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for VVZ-149, a non-opioid pain killer.

Report: Cost of Long-Term Care in Michigan Increased from 2017

The overall cost of long-term care in Michigan increased from 2017-2018, according to the 15th annual Genworth Cost of Care Survey. The state’s average increases are larger than those of the nation’s. The costs include home care, adult day services, assisted living, and nursing facilities.

AAA: Thanksgiving Travel Volume to Rise 5%, Expected to Reach 2005 Level

AAA today reported it expects 54.3 million Americans to journey 50 miles or more away from home this Thanksgiving, a 4.8 percent increase over last year.

BESA Detroit Restaurant Opens in the Central Business District

A new restaurant, lounge, and private dining establishment called BESA Detroit has opened on the first floor and lower level of the Vinton Building at the northeast corner of Woodward Avenue and Congress Street (600 Woodward) in downtown Detroit.

Farmington Hills’ Realcomp Expands Tax Data Availability Under New Partnership with Remine

Realcomp II Ltd., a multiple listing organization in Farmington Hills, today announced it has signed a multi-year exclusive license with Remine to provide tax data across all counties in Michigan to power the RCO3 system.

Ann Arbor’s ProQuest to Develop Library Selection and Acquisition Service

ProQuest, an information content and technologies company based in Ann Arbor, Tuesday announced it has started developing its Rialto service, an approach to unify selection and acquisition in academic libraries.

Diamond’s Steak and Seafood Opens in Downtown Royal Oak

Diamond’s Steak and Seafood, an Adam Merkel Restaurant, opened yesterday in downtown Royal Oak in the former Cantina Diablos. The new restaurant is located at 100 S. Main St. (southwest corner of Main and 11 Mile Road).

Stahls Automotive Collection in Chesterfield Township Announces Veteran Day Fundraiser Events

The Stahls Automotive Foundation, which honors area veterans, along with current military service men and women and their families, will host its annual Power Play for Heroes two-day event this weekend.

Blog: Check, Check, But Where Are the Balances?

It’s never been easier to buy groceries, get a ride, watch the latest movie, or search for the house of your dreams. E-commerce has radically changed consumer behavior, the way we communicate, and the level of customer service we receive.

Wayne State University Leaders Promote Social Accountability Via U.S. Academic Health Centers

M. Roy Wilson, president of Wayne State University in Detroit, and two of his colleagues, today proposed a new approach to using academic health centers to heal society’s most vulnerable patients seeking care in the United States health care system.

Farmington Hills’ Gale Digitizes Americana Collection from American Antiquarian Society

The American Antiquarian Society in Massachusetts has partnered with Gale, a Cengage company, in Farmington Hills to make its collection of Americana from the Colonial period through the 20th century more accessible to researchers.

Researchers from Ann Arbor’s U-M Develop Pollutant Detection Device

Omniscent, a startup founded in 2016 by researchers and alumni from Ann Arbor’s University of Michigan, today announced it is helping its first customers monitor airborne toxic compounds in industrial settings.

West Michigan’s Novo Building Products Acquires Ohio-based Stair Parts Firm

Novo Building Products in Zeeland, east of Holland, one of the largest suppliers of moulding, stair parts, doors, and specialty millwork to lumberyards, home centers, specialty millwork shops, and stair builders east of the Rockies and Canada, today announced it has acquired Ohio-based L.J. Smith Inc.

Detroit’s Ally to Finance up to $2.3B in Retail Contracts to Carvana

Ally Financial Inc. in Detroit has announced it is providing up to $2.3 billion in financing commitments over the next 12 months to support retail contracts and inventory needs of Phoenix’s Carvana, an e-commerce platform for buying, financing, and selling used cars.

Report: Eating Red Foods Like Cherries May Prevent Heart Disease

Eating red foods may support heart health, according to a new study published in “Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition.” The Cherry Marketing Institute, based in Dewitt (north of Lansing), partially funded the review.

Beaumont Health and Universal Health Services to Build $40M Mental Health Hospital in Dearborn

Beaumont Health in Southfield and Universal Health Services (UHS) today announced they have formed a joint venture to address the growing, unmet need for accessible, high-quality and advanced mental health services in southeast Michigan and across the state.

Farmington Hills-based Credit Union Service Organization Approved

The Michigan Department of Insurance and Financial Services, Office of Banking has approved Credit Union Trust’s plans to establish its new limited-purpose financial institution in Farmington Hills, the organizers of Credit Union Trust announced today.

Report: More Than Half of Investments in Detroit Startups in IT

Ann Arbor’s EntryPoint, an organization that works to advance the entrepreneurial community by promoting inclusion, community engagement, and education, has released new data that shows 56 percent of venture capital invested in Detroit was in information technology startups in the last year.

New Royal Oak Health Facility Offers Eastern, Western Medicine

Holgistic, a new business in Royal Oak that bridges traditional medical care and alternative medicine, has opened. The business’ goal is to treat the root cause of conditions, not just symptoms.

HTI Cybernetics in Sterling Heights to Invest $20.6M in Expansion

Sterling Heights-based HTI Cybernetics Inc., a provider of automated and robotic welding systems, will expand its manufacturing operations and headquarters with support from the Michigan Strategic Fund, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. (MEDC) has announced.

Mahindra Automotive in Auburn Hills Selects TMV Group for Branding and Media Services

Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA), an automotive design, engineering, and vehicle-development center based in Auburn Hills, has announced that TMV Group in Royal Oak will provide it with branding and media services.

Southeast Michigan Economic Development Organization Launched, Hires CEO

A new organization designed to spur job growth in southeast Michigan has been launched and has hired its first CEO. Barry Matherly will join the yet-to-be-named group, transitioning from his role as president and CEO of a similar initiative in Virginia.

Report: Big Three Vehicle Sales Mixed, But Truck/SUV/Crossover Sector Boosts Revenue

The Big Three automakers posted mixed results for the third quarter (General Motors) and in October (Ford and FCA), but each OEM reported strong sales of pickups, SUVs, and crossovers that fueled revenue gains and average transaction prices.

Detroit Institute of Arts Debuts Expanded Asian Art Gallery on Sunday

The Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) will debut the new Robert and Katherine Jacobs Asian Wing on Sunday. The wing at the north end of the DIA features Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Indian and South Asian, and Buddhist art, with pieces spanning thousands of years ago to ones made more recently. The galleries highlight objects and themes representing diverse art forms, cultural practices, and systems of belief.
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